For I am the LORD, I
change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Even
from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances,
and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto
you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein
have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Ye are cursed with a
curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye
all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in
mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts,
if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out
a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the
devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits
of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before
the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations
shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith
the LORD of hosts. Your words have been stout against me, saith
Yet ye say, What have
we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve
God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and
that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And
now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are
set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
Then they that feared
the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened,
and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him
for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day
when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth
his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern
between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth
God and him that serveth him not. (Malachi 3:6-18)